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On Thursday, August 29, 2013, Covenant College held its fifty-ninth annual convocation ceremony, opening the academic year and welcoming the class of 2017 to the Covenant community. President Halvorson led the ceremony, and Professor Kelly Kapic delivered the convocation address.


The ceremony opened in usual pomp and excitement as the drums and bagpipes led the faculty processional to the stage. New students were enthusiastically welcomed to Covenant with cheers and applause. Four new faculty members were installed during the ceremony: Dr. Scott Finch ’96 as associate professor of music, Mr. Thomas Horner as resource sharing & preservation librarian, Rev. Grant Lowe as chaplain, and Dr. Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt ’04 as assistant professor of art.


Kapic’s address, titled “On the Flesh of Christ,” celebrated God’s “yes” to the physical world. Through an examination of historical understandings of the incarnation, and an argument for the real physicality of Jesus’ human body, Kapic encouraged the audience, saying that “our bodies and this world were made for good,” and that “to love our neighbor means that we have to embrace our and their creaturely existence.”


The ceremony concluded with the singing of “All for Jesus,” the College hymn. The Scots’ Pipe & Drum Corps led the recessional out of the chapel.

Experience convocation through the eyes of the students, alumni, staff, and friends of the College who recorded the event on Instagram and Twitter: